Revolutionizing esports by getting parents involved.
Removing the negative stigmas that are outdated.
Educating Parents on how to support this passion.
Raising awareness on the education benefits.
Informing on the many career paths.
Providing resources to make esports more rewording.
Providing scholarships to aspiring athletes.
COPE is a 501(C)3 nonprofit with an IRS EIN of 85-2651335.
Gamer parents Shae Williams, Chris Spikoski and David Herzog recognized a need to help parents navigate esports.
As parents of teenage gaming professionals and content creators, we are all passionate about educating what we have learned about the positive aspects of gaming. Parents are criticized for allowing their kids to game. We are here to encourage it. Like any activity, children will get the most out of their gaming experiences with parent involvement. We are here to teach you how.
We are united to show a different side of what gaming is today. It is educational, social and fun, whether competing, playing or watching. It is not just playing in your parents' basement!
Shae, aka Shaemmon, entered esports through the passions of a child. Skeptical at first like many parents, she soon realized the amazing opportunities this exciting new industry provided her son's social, educational, and career development. She struggled with the lack of resources to advise her on how to support her son's goals to succeed while continuing to thrive in his education, health and social life. Recognizing the lack of an organized resource for parents, she engaged other parents of pro players and content creators to join together to empower parents through community and resources. Shae is a former software sales and marketing executive with IBM. She is mom to pro gamer and content creator, Duster, of team Optimal Ambition, and Brooke, an accomplished figure skater and dancer and a class of 2025 Baylor University student.
Chris' son, Sceptic, on Team Misfits, knew from a young age that he wanted to be a YouTuber. Chris supported and managed his son’s singular focus from a young age of do it yourself content creation to his success as one of the most well known young stars in esports today. Chris previously served for over 20 years as a Director for group homes for mentally disabled adults in New York. He and his son have been passionate about the inclusiveness of online gaming for people of all abilities. Like other parents on our Board, Chris found himself helping other young gamers and their parents entering the esports scene so founding COPE seemed like a natural progression to being able to help even more.
Dave, aka CrimzDad, is the proud father of amazing eSports Athlete Crimz. A ifelong gamer himself, he started with Atari 2600 and Intellivision. Dave was the president of an online gaming and accessory company from 1998 to 2010. He owned a retail lan center from 2005-2009 & ran the eSports Convention in 2009, an early gaming event. Dave has been the CEO of a gaming merch & apparel company since 2010.
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